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Posts from March 2018

What Does Good Friday Teach Us?

We ought to cringe when looking on the crucifixion. It is stark. It is ugly. It is about betrayal, and torture, and execution and abandonment and death. Why should God have anything to do with us in this? God should shake God’s head and walk away. It is beneath God to have anything to do…

Maundy Thursday

A New Commandment (Maundy Thursday Prayer)

(The word Maundy comes from the Latin word for commandment and recalls Jesus’ teaching his disciples during the dinner that he was giving them a “new commandment, that you love one another.”) Creator God, thou who the Bible calls “love”, you sent Jesus Christ into our world that we might see what love really looks…

Palm Sunday-Historical and Cultural Contexts of Words

Historical and Cultural Contexts of Words READ MATTHEW 21:1-11 Matthew, like all the evangelists, has a particular audience in mind as he writes his Gospel. It is generally agreed that Matthew is writing to the Jewish-Christian audience, some of the first Jews to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. His readers, then, would have been familiar…

5th Sunday in Lent-Words of Prophecy

Words of Prophecy READ EZEKIEL 37:1-14 Ezekiel is asked an obvious “no” question! (Can these bones live, indeed!) Perhaps, today’s equivalent would be “Can we create harmony within the church?” I suggest this because the idea that dried bones could be given life – not the skeletal life of horror movies but actually be given…

4th Sunday in Lent-Darkness and Light

Darkness and Light READ EPHESIANS 5:8-14 In this pericope, Paul is stating that Christians have to undergo a dramatic transformation of the self by moving from darkness (sin) into light (salvation). Light and dark imagery connotes divergent meanings associated with the two words. In other words, darkness is seen as the antithesis of light, with…